If You Want To Be a Revolutionary, Recruit the Right Generosity Team

by | November 24, 2017

So, you want to lead a revolution. What does it require? If you don’t want to just be a lone nut, you’ve got to recruit the right generosity team.

Remember the video from last week’s post, the shirtless dancing man and the words of Derek Siver? If not, here they are again:

The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.  If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.  The second follower is a turning point:  its proof the first has done well.  Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts.  Three is a crowd, and a crowd is news.


The first step toward becoming a revolutionary leader in generosity: recruit the right team. I am not talking about your average church finance team here. With no team or the wrong team, you are just a lone nut.


With the right generosity team, you become a revolutionary leader. 

It only takes a couple of people to go from a lone nut to a revolutionary leader. So the first question to ask is, whom should you recruit?

If you want to lead a revolution in generosity you need to surround yourself with other revolutionaries. The number one criterion for being a part of your generosity team is a demonstrated history of generous giving. At this point people often protest, you only want wealthy rich people on your generosity team.  No! No! No!  You don’t want the wealthiest people on your team, not even the biggest givers; you want the most generous givers.

If you just put it in the bulletin or make an announcement from the pulpit, sign up now for the generosity team; your revolution will fail before it even starts.  If you don’t get this part right, you are doomed to failure.


Recruiting the right generosity team requires knowledge of the giving list.

Recruiting the right team requires good, accurate information. Don’t guess! Don’t make assumptions! You need to know the giving list!  The truth of the matter is this; if someone’s name is not on the giving list they will oppose any attempt to encourage generosity.

In the words of Horizons’ founder Clif Christopher“sometimes people love their money more than Jesus.”

Sometimes finance committees and stewardship teams are made up of people who love their money more than Jesus.  If that is true, there will never be a revolution.


Personally invite your most generous people to join the revolution.

Personally invite people to become revolutionaries, not committee members. [Next week’s post will focus on the job descriptions.]  What are you asking people to do? Are you asking people to raise money for the budget or are you asking people to inspire generosity to support life changing ministry?

More next week.  Let the revolution begin!



  1. Recruit a Generosity Team: The Big Picture | Horizons - […] If You Want To Be a Revolutionary, Recruit the Right Generosity Team November 24, 2017 […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Everything you need to inspire generosity.


5 Free Resources on Generosity & Stewardship for Church Leaders

It is a privilege to share with church leaders like you across the country—digitally and in person—who are faithfully serving the people in your community and making disciples. We’ve been blessed with multiple opportunities over the past couple months to share our...

Four Ways to Make Stewardship a Worshipful Experience

Stewardship as a Meaningful Part of Worship Stewardship isn't something that just happens during the second weekend in October. Jesus talked more about money than heaven and hell. Why is that? Because money is an outward, measurable expression of what we really...

When to Hire a Capital Campaign Consultant

Hiring a Capital Campaign Consultant A capital campaign is a very important initiative in the life of a church. There is a lot at stake when a church chooses to take on a capital campaign effort. The thrill of being able to pay off debt or build your new sanctuary...


Follow Us

PO Box 627
Cabot, Arkansas 72023

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This